We are a global business


We bring some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands to millions of people around the world.


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands. We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in Butterfly Twists and Hunter Boot.



Our brands



At the heart of the outdoors for more than 45 years, Berghaus believes passionately in its products, inspiring people to live for adventure.


With modest market stall beginnings and strong London roots, Boxfresh has been creating original British streetwear since 1989.

Butterfly Twists

Stylish portable footwear that looks great and feels great, so each step lets you get carried away.


More than 100 years of history in rugby. Where there is rugby, there is Canterbury.


Stylish Italian sportswear since 1959 – defined by iconic signature pieces. Ellesse loves colour, loves style and loves life.


Merging functionality, fashion and true British style – Hunter products are designed to be outstanding in any field, from city streets to music festivals and rugged countryside.


The original shoes with pockets, established 1979 in the USA – combining sports heritage with fashion, creating inspired lifestyle collections.


Iconic, high-quality footwear with an unmatched comfort and attention to detail: classic, relaxed, relevant … and accessible to all.


The spirit of 1920s tennis legend and innovator, René Lacoste, embodies Lacoste footwear. The elegant and timeless styles reflect its authenticity and rich sporting heritage.


Established in 1817, Mitre has been around since the dawn of professional sport. At school, in the park, on the court, inside the stadium – Mitre is always at the heart of the game.


Originating in 1901, Prostar supplies sportswear to leading clubs and teams at all levels.

Red or Dead

Red or Dead brings eclectic design to the high street. Colourful prints, British humour and unique design has made it a highly successful fashion brand.


Speedo is the world's top-selling swimwear brand – more Olympic gold medals have been won in Speedo than any other brand.

Ted Baker

Ted Baker is ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’ with its uncompromising quality and attention to detail – and Ted’s personality woven into its very heart.



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Our story


What started as a family business selling shoes in Liverpool is now a global family of sports, outdoor and fashion brands


In 1932, our founders set up The Liverpool Shoe Company with little more than £100 base capital. The organisation began as a wholesaler but has evolved, over eight decades, into the global family of sports, outdoor and fashion brands that Pentland is today.

We have a lot to thank our founders for: not just for establishing a footwear business with firm foundations, but for giving us the sense of adventure and risk-taking that has allowed us to venture into new areas as the business has evolved.

By 1946, the Liverpool Shoe Company had expanded into manufacturing, and it continued its growth well into the 1960s, acquiring other footwear-producing companies and developing its product range to cover men’s, women’s and children’s ranges.

These early risks and successes sowed the seeds of our current – and future – growth. Ever since our inception, we’ve been following in our founders footsteps, continuing to expand and to branch out in new directions. The timeline below sets out the twists and turns of our journey so far.



Our awards



You know you’re getting it right when others start taking notice

We don’t just strive for excellence, we expect it in all areas of our business – and we do our best to bring out excellence in our people and partners..

So we like it when others recognise our success, both as a business and an employer. We have won a number of prestigious international awards in recognition of excellence, best practice, innovation and outstanding business achievements. So whether you’re a customer, partner or a potential employee, you can be sure that you’re in safe hands.


We're one of the best places to work

In 2014, the Great Place to Work Institute named us one of the top 10 Best Workplaces in the UK and one of the top 20 Best Workplaces in Europe. We were placed higher than any other retailer, brand owner or marketing company and were the only sports, outdoor or fashion brand-owner to make the 2014 UK list.

In 2003, when our global HQ in north London was completed, it was awarded best corporate workplace in the UK.


We are leading international enterprise

We are honoured to have won five Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. These are the most prestigious UK awards for business performance.

Most recently, we were awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category for 2013.


The family way is the best way

In 2014, we won Top European Family Business of the Year at the European Families in Business Awards.

In 2008, we were voted the best family business in the UK by the Institute for Family Business.


Fashion Industry Recognition

In 2014, Ted Baker was awarded ‘Best UK Men’s Footwear Brand of the Year’ and Kickers ‘Best Young Fashion Brand of the Year’ at the at the fashion industry’s prestigious Drapers Awards, which celebrate the very best in fashion retailing.


We are passionate about developing our people

We are delighted to have received two accolades at CIPD People Management Awards 2014 for ‘Overall Winners’ and ‘Best Employee Engagement Initative’. These awards recognise our innovative and engaging approach to the development of our people, and commend the people-centred culture across our business.